GENERAL INTEREST

“A Southern Soiree”
“A Southern Soiree” will be held 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Spring Hill College Byrne Memorial Hall in Mobile. The fundraiser is presented by Community Services Vision Rehabilitation, a nonprofit medical clinic that helps all people with low vision and blindness, with or without insurance coverage, in Mobile, Daphne, and Montgomery, Alabama, and Gautier, Mississippi. For more information on this event visit
www.csvrlowvision.org or call 251-476-4744.

Birds and Critters
A special two-hour, narrated eco-tour aboard Blakeley’s 50-passenger boat, the Delta Explorer, is set for Saturday, Feb 27. The tour leaves Blakeley Park’s dock on the Tensaw River at 9:30 a.m., goes north into the delta, then south to the Causeway area before looping back to the dock by 11:30 a.m. Seating is on a first come, first served basis but can be reserved by calling 251-626-5581 and paying in advance, using major credit cards. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children 6-12. For more information go to www.blakeleypark.com or email [email protected].

4-H Steer Show
Mobile County 4-H Market Steer Show and sale will include the addition of an Ag Day. Local businesses will be on hand promoting and selling some of their most popular products. The Ag Fair will start at 10 a.m. at AG Pavilion, 1070 Schillinger Road, N. Show begins at noon with showmanship, followed by weight classes. Sale of the steers will begin at 3 p.m. For more information call Mobile County Extension Office at 251-574-8445.

Pancake breakfast
Join the Sons of the American Legion for a pancake breakfast Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 a.m. Plates are $6 and include pancakes, eggs, bacon, coffee and orange juice. Mimosas may be purchased for $4. The breakfast will be held at American Legion Post 199, 700 S. Mobile St., Fairhope.

Shroud of Turin
St. Dominic Catholic Church, 4156 Burma Road, Mobile, will host an exhibit and several live discussions giving the latest information about the Shroud of Turin. The shroud is a 14-foot-long piece of ancient linen that many believe to be the actual burial cloth of Jesus. The presentations will be held in the St. Dominic Parish hall Feb. 22 through Feb. 25, starting at 6:30 p.m. Each presentation lasts an hour and 15 minutes. If you would like to attend one of the presentations please call the 24-hour reservation line for free tickets. The number is 251-622-5388. Seating is very limited. Also, everyone is encouraged to arrive before the presentation to have time to view the museum exhibit before the talk begins.

Mobile Bay Estuary Corps
The Mobile Bay Middle School Estuary Corps is an educational program engaging students through online career awareness videos and hands-on activities exploring the local estuarine system. The 2016 Estuary Corps, which is open to all current 6th and 7th graders in Alabama, will have summer programs on Saturday, May 28; Thursday, June 23; and Friday, June 24. The deadline to register for these camps is Monday, Feb. 29. For more information and to apply, visit joinACF.org.

Daphne Arbor Day
The city of Daphne will hold its annual Arbor Day tree giveaway on Saturday, Feb. 27, 8-11 a.m. at the Daphne Civic Center. As part of the city’s Arbor Day celebration, 4,000 trees will be given away to promote the Jubilee City’s plan to plant trees for a more beautiful and healthier environment. The Daphne Civic Center complex is located at 2603 U.S. Highway 98 in Daphne. For more information please contact Daphne Public Works Department at 251-621-3182.

Mobile Bay Green Drinks
Mobile Bay Green Drinks is an informal networking opportunity for people in the region. Green Drink gatherings are usually held 5-7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Fairhope Brewing Co. (914 Nichols Ave., Fairhope) and on the third Wednesday of each month at Alchemy Tavern (7 S. Joachim St., Mobile). For more information visit facebook.com/MobileBayGreenDrinks.


FUNDRAISERS

Taste of the Parkway
Join The Grand Mariner, 6036 Rock Point Road, for a sample of the best of DIP restaurants for Taste of the Parkway on Saturday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available for pre-purchase or at the door. There will also be silent auction items. Funds raised will benefit the Summer Gilliard program for the Boys and Girls Club. For more information or with questions call 251-443-5700.


ARTS

African Children’s Choir
The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. The concert will be Friday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 South Section St. Concerts are free and open to all. A freewill offering is taken at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs such as education, care and relief, and development programs. For more information or with questions please call 251-928-5295.

Mobile Mystery Dinner: “Death in a Tutu”
Join Mobile Mystery Dinners for its next performance Sunday, Feb. 28, at Azalea Manor (751 Dauphin St., Mobile). Tickets are $59 and include dinner and unlimited wine. The fun begins at 7 p.m. Advance reservations are required; call 251-865-7398.

“The Taming of the Shrew”
The Playhouse in the Park will present William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” Feb. 26 and 27. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Call 251-602-0630 for more information and to make reservations. Performances are at the Playhouse in the Park, 4851 Museum Drive, Mobile. 

Pray to Love
The exhibit “Pray to Love” by Anne Goetze will be on view through Feb. 25 at the Visitation Monastery, 2300 Springhill Ave. in Mobile. The exhibit will be open each day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7:30 p.m. For more information please contact Deborah Farmer at 251-421-1893 or [email protected] and visit www.visitationmonasterymobile.org. Tours of Visitation Monastery will also be available by reservation at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Feb. 25. For more information about the tours and to make a reservation, call Ann Thublin at 251-473-4901.This is a free exhibit but participants are given an opportunity to show their love of the Visitation Monastery and the Sisters by donating to the new elevator fund.

Lenten music series
Lenten noonday concerts are 30 minutes followed by a luncheon in the Chapter House. An $8 donation is suggested. The concert on Wednesday, March 2, will feature Monika Cosson, mezzo-soprano. The concerts are held at Christ Church Cathedral, 115 S. Conception St., Mobile. For more information call 251-438-1822.


MUSEUMS

Colonial Day at Fort Conde
Colonial Day at the Site of Historic Fort Conde (111 S. Royal St., Mobile) is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25. Bring your family to see what life was like in colonial Mobile with demonstrations including candle-making, cooking, blacksmithing, Native American arts and crafts, and sword fighting. Children can participate in activities such as dressing up in colonial clothing, churning butter, playing colonial games, writing with a quill pen and more. Admission is $1 per person. For more information, please call the History Museum of Mobile’s Education Department at 251-208-7510.

The Culture Kitchen: carving and culinary art
The art of shell engraving has been around for thousands of years. Indigenous populations from all over the world used shells for tools, ceremonial vessels and jewelry decorated with images illustrating their beliefs and philosophies. Today there are only a handful of Native American artists practicing this dying art. Alex Alvarez of Emaye Creations is a Native American shell carver from Atmore, Alabama. The inspiration for his work comes from the traditions of his ancestors’ indigenous artistry as well as a deep love for our coastal landscape. His work has been shown at several museums and institutions around the country. Alvarez will be speaking at the Mobile Museum of Art, Thursday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. Dinner is provided and admission is $15. RSVP is required; please call 251-208-5200 to make reservations.

Da Vinci: Machines and Robotics
Now through May, a new exhibit on the true Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci, features more than 60 machines, robotics and artworks, many of them interactive. Some of his ideas that have come to life include the bicycle, spring-powered car, hang glider, helicopter and robotic drummer. Also on hand will be children’s activities, computer animations and cinema. Other features are working models and machines crafted from Leonardo’s original sketches, notes and designs, rare facsimile codices and a biographical documentary. Some of these will be interactive, with visitors able to touch and control them. Reproductions of Leonardo’s most famous artwork, including “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper,” are part of the exhibit. Exploreum hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon until 5 p.m. For more information, call 251-208-6893 or visit exploreum.com.

Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb
Through April 3, experience the life and death of one of history’s most legendary kings through an exhibition of more than 100 reproductions of the boy king’s treasures at the History Museum of Mobile. The replicas range from beautiful recreations of jewelry, enormous statues, Tut’s nearly 300-pound, solid-gold inner sarcophagus and replicas of the pharaoh’s sacred and personal possessions including his state chariot, golden shrines, beds, thrones, jewelry, spectacular funerary mask, mummy case and royal mummy. History Museum of Mobile, 11 S. Royal St. Call 251-208-7508 for more information.

Thursdays at MMoA  
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. the Mobile Museum of Art offers free admission to all visitors. Join MMoA each week to experience the museum in new and exciting ways throughout the year. No reservations are necessary. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

GLOW Run/Walk
The Colors of Cancer Glow Run/Walk is designed to bring people together to participate for any type of cancer. We are demonstrating all cancers and their colorful awareness ribbons in GLOW style. The event will benefit Camp Bluebird, an all cancers camp for adults, and will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. Packet pickup and late registration is 5-6:30 p.m. For more information and to register visit eventbrite.com or exaltmagazine.com.

Race to the Top of the Tower
Spectrum Resorts and the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics are pleased to once again partner with Gulf Coast Event Group for the 5th annual “Race to the Top of the Tower at Turquoise Place” on Friday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. This stairwell race up 31 floors to the top of Turquoise Place Tower is open to everyone and will benefit the Special Olympics of Alabama. Participants can sign up for the race at their station, register online at www.GulfCoastHalf.com or at Turquoise Place prior to the start of the race. The cost is $25 per person with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to Special Olympics of Alabama. All participants will enjoy a post-event celebration in the penthouse at Turquoise Place.

Pinochle Tournament
Jack’s Around Pinochle Club is sponsoring a Pinochle Tournament Saturday, Feb. 27, at T-Sac Therapeutic and Senior Activity Center, 261 Rickarby St. in Mobile. The tournament will begin at noon; all are invited to attend. For more information or with questions please call 251-753-5407.

Social Dance Class
The city of Mobile’s Community Activities Program is offering Introduction to Social Dance on Wednesdays from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at Pillans Middle School, 2051 Old Military Road. The foxtrot, rumba, waltz and swing are just some of the classic dances that will be taught. Singles are welcome! No partner needed.  $37.50 per student for five weeks. Classes start March 2. Instructor is Skip Smith. For more information or to register call Mellanie Johnson, 251-208-1610.

Irish dance lessons
The Maccrossan School of Irish Dance is offering beginner Irish dance lessons every Saturday morning at the Azalea City Center for Performing Arts, 63 Midtown Park E., Mobile. Classes are available for ages 4 through adult. Learn the beautiful art form of Irish dance with instruction in jig, reel, figure and ceili dancing! For more details please contact Julie Ann Black at [email protected] or call 228-239-2422.

Ballroom dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dance classes the first and third Monday of every month, with professional instructors at 7 p.m. followed by dancing from 7:30 until 10 p.m. Admission is $10. This event is BYOB and there is no need to bring a partner. Beginners are welcome. Fitzpen Place, 11247 State Highway 31, Spanish Fort. For more information email Cassie Fishbein at [email protected].

Bridge lessons
The Mobile Bridge Center offers free bridge lessons each Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Mobile Bridge Center, 1510 University Blvd. Arrive a few minutes early to register. If you have questions call the Bridge Center at 251-666-2147 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


WORKSHOPS

Mensa testing
There will be a testing session for American Mensa Ltd. on Saturday morning, Feb. 27 in Mobile. The testing takes approximately two hours; the cost is $40. Mensa is an international society whose sole requirements for membership are an IQ higher than 98 percent of the general population and payment of $70 annual dues. For those who cannot test on Saturday mornings, other testing dates/times are available in West Mobile by prior arrangement. For further information, contact [email protected].

ACT practice test
The Daphne Public Library will host a free ACT practice test for students in grades 10 through 12 on Saturday, Feb. 27. The test will be administered by Huntington Learning Center and begin promptly at 8 a.m. Testing will be held in the library community room. There will be a follow up meeting on Thursday, March 3, at 6 p.m. for parents and students. Students will receive their test scores along with an analysis of their results. Registration is required and space is limited. Once registered, students will receive a confirmation form which will be required for admittance on the day of testing. Register at [email protected]. If you have questions contact Louise Youngblood at 621-2818, ext. 211.

Digital Marketing Summit
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism will host its third Digital Marketing Summit on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Orange Beach Events Center at The Wharf. The Digital Marketing Summit is a free event that aims to educate attendees and allow them to collaborate and share ideas with each other and vendors. Beginning with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and ending with a social reception, digital marketing experts from various organizations will present with time allotted for Q&A and networking. For more information about the events, please contact Shelley Piraino at [email protected].

Health Occupations Career Fair
The Bay Area Healthcare Coalition and the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce will once again help students interested in future health care careers experience and learn about specific sectors through the annual Health Occupations Career Fair. The event is set for Wednesday, Feb. 24, and Thursday, Feb. 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mobile Civic Center Expo Hall. Nearly 700 Mobile and Baldwin county high school sophomores selected by their guidance counselors are scheduled to attend.


SELF-IMPROVEMENT

Addiction counseling
Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise. Take steps to protect your family from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction, get them the help they need. Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. Call 1-800-431-1754 or visit DrugAbuseSolution.com.

Top Cats Toastmasters
Top Cats Toastmasters meet every Monday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Red Lobster near the southeast corner of Airport Boulevard and Azalea Road in Mobile. You can practice your speaking and listening skills and learn to think on your feet in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Dues are $43 twice a year, and lunch must be purchased. Toastmasters International is a worldwide organization. For further information call 251-344-2938.

Downtown Toastmasters
The Downtown Mobile Toastmasters Club 2815 hosts a weekly educational lunch meeting at T.P. Crockmiers, 261 Dauphin St., from noon until 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. Practice your speaking, listening and leadership skills in a relaxed, friendly environment. Lunch must be purchased. Our dues are $42 twice yearly. Toastmasters International is a worldwide organization. For more information call 251-404-3924.

Jubilee Toastmasters
Jubilee Toastmasters meet each Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m at Homestead Village in Fairhope, in the Camellia Room. You can bring your lunch. We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills. The meetings are open to anyone over 18 years of age. For more information visit www.9032.toastmastersclubs.org

Eastern Shore Toastmasters
The Eastern Shore Toastmasters Club hosts a weekly meeting at Daphne United Methodist Church, 2401 Main St., in the Community Life Center on the second floor, 6-7 p.m. on Thursdays. Practice your speaking, listening and leadership skills in a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment. Guests are welcome! Visit us on Facebook (facebook.com/EasternShoreTM) or email [email protected].


PUBLIC MEETINGS

State of the City Address: Fairhope
Fairhope Mayor Tim Kant will review financials from 2014 and 2015 and give an overview of the upcoming year at Fairhope Civic Center on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. The 2016 Fairhope Quality of Life recipient, Gaye Lindsey, will be recognized and Fairhope’s Volunteer of the Year will be announced.

Mobile City Council
The Mobile City Council meets every Tuesday at Government Plaza, 205 Government St. Pre-council meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the first-floor conference room; council meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. in the first-floor auditorium. For more information visit http://www.cityofmobile.org.

Mobile Planning Commission
The Mobile City Planning Commission meets the first and third Thursday in the Government Plaza auditorium, 205 Government St., at 2 p.m. For agendas, minutes, zoning information and more visit urban.cityofmobile.org.

Daphne City Council
The Daphne City Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Daphne City Hall, 1705 Main St. City Council work sessions are the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. For more information visit daphneal.com.

Fairhope City Council
The Fairhope City Council meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Fairhope City Hall, 161 N. Section St. City Council work sessions are held before each council meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the Delchamps Room at City Hall. For more information visit cofairhope.com.

Fairhope Planning Commission
The Fairhope Planning Commission meets on the first Monday of each month at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Fairhope City Hall, 161 N. Section St. For more information visit cofairhope.com.

Foley City Council
The Foley City Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Foley City Hall, 407 E. Laurel Ave. Work sessions begin at 4 p.m. before each regularly scheduled meeting. For more information visit cityoffoley.org.

Spanish Fort City Council
The Spanish Fort City Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Spanish Fort Community Center, 7361 Spanish Fort Blvd. Work sessions begin at 5 p.m. before each regularly scheduled meeting. For more information visit cityofspanishfort.com.

Baldwin County Commission
The Baldwin County Commission meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the County Commission Chambers at the Baldwin County Administration Building, 322 Courthouse Square, Bay Minette. Work sessions are the second and fourth Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. with the location rotating between the Baldwin County Administration Building in Bay Minette, the Foley Satellite Courthouse, the Fairhope Satellite Courthouse and the Baldwin County Central Annex Building in Robertsdale. For more information visit baldwincountyal.gov.

Baldwin County Planning Commission
The Baldwin County Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Baldwin County Central Annex, 22251 Palmer St., Robertsdale. For more information visit baldwincountyal.gov.

Saraland City Council: Second and fourth Thursday, 6 p.m., 716 Saraland Blvd. S., 251-675-5103.

Chickasaw City Council: Second and fourth Tuesday, 7 p.m., 224 N. Craft Highway, 251-452-6450.  

Citronelle City Council: Second and fourth Thursday, 6:30 p.m., 19135 Main St., 251-866-7973. 

Creola City Council: Second and fourth Thursday, 6 p.m., 190 Dead Lake Road, #A, 251-675-8142.

Satsuma City Council: First and third Tuesday, 6 p.m. (working), 7 p.m. (regular session), 5464 Old Highway 43, 251-675-1440.
Semmes City Council: First and third Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., 7875 Moffett Road, 251-649-8811.